WHAT IS WINE?
Wine is an alcoholic beverage made with fermented grapes. Technically, wine can be made with any fruit, but most wines are made with wine grapes.
Wine grapes are different to table grapes. They are much smaller, they have seeds and they are also sweeter than table grapes.
Grapevines take a year to grow grapes. The harvest in the Northern Hemisphere is Aug-Oct, and the harvest in the Southern Hemisphere is Feb-Apr.
A single-varietal wine is made with one grape variety e.g. Pinot Noir.
A blended wine is made by mixing several wines together e.g. Bordeaux blend.
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Vintage refers to the year when the grapes were harvested. Non-vintage (NV) wines are a blend of several harvests.
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